ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002

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All frequencies weighted by 58) WGHT48
1) Response number (RESPNO)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10041446.31916.80
2) Date of Survey (DATE)
TOTAL%
7) June 7, 200242442.2
8) June 8, 200232132
9) June 9, 200225925.8
TOTAL1004100.0
3) Full Fips Code (FIPS)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL100428691.6916189.03
4) Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10043675.412916.91
5) Census Division (CENSDIV)
TOTAL%
1) New England555.5
2) Middle Atlantic13613.5
3) East North Central15915.8
4) West North Central777.7
5) South Atlantic18318.2
6) East South Central606
7) West South Central13012.9
8) Mountain616.1
9) Pacific14314.2
TOTAL1004100.0
6) Region (REG4)
TOTAL%
1) East (Census Division 1,2)19119
2) Midwest (Census Division 3,4)23623.5
3) South (Census Division 5,6,7)37337.1
4) West (Census Division 8,9)20520.4
TOTAL1005100.0
7) Designated Market Area - 3 digit code (DMA)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1004620.45110.24
8) ABC State (ABCNUM)
TOTAL%
1) Alabama181.8
3) Arizona101
4) Arkansas363.6
5) California979.7
6) Colorado181.8
7) Connecticut151.5
8) Delaware2.2
9) District of Columbia4.4
10) Florida535.3
11) Georgia282.8
13) Idaho5.5
14) Illinois383.8
15) Indiana6.6
16) Iowa202
17) Kansas5.5
18) Kentucky131.3
19) Louisiana141.4
20) Maine5.5
21) Maryland121.2
22) Massachusetts252.5
23) Michigan343.4
24) Minnesota161.6
25) Mississippi4.4
26) Missouri242.4
27) Montana4.4
28) Nebraska6.6
29) Nevada9.9
30) New Hampshire2.2
31) New Jersey353.5
32) New Mexico5.5
33) New York545.4
34) North Carolina323.2
35) North Dakota3.3
36) Ohio575.7
37) Oklahoma131.3
38) Oregon161.6
39) Pennsylvania474.7
40) Rhode Island4.4
41) South Carolina171.7
42) South Dakota2.2
43) Tennessee252.5
44) Texas666.6
45) Utah9.9
46) Vermont4.4
47) Virginia333.3
48) Washington303
49) West Virginia3.3
50) Wisconsin242.4
51) Wyoming1.1
TOTAL1003100.0
9) Time zone (TZONE)
TOTAL%
1) Eastern48448.2
2) Central31431.3
3) Mountain555.5
4) Pacific15115
TOTAL1004100.0
10) Number of times interviewer tried to call (TIMES)
TOTAL%
1) One time44344.2
2) Two times23823.7
3) Three times12412.4
4) Four times747.4
5) Five times616.1
6) Six times252.5
7) Seven times282.8
8) Eight times8.8
9) Nine times2.2
TOTAL1003100.0
11) Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president? INTERVIEWER NOTE: Get answer and then ask: Do you approve/disapprove STRONGLY or SOMEWHAT? (BUSH)
TOTAL%
1) Approve STRONGLY41241.2
2) Approve SOMEWHAT35535.5
3) Disapprove STRONGLY11011
4) Disapprove SOMEWHAT898.9
8) DK/No opinion333.3
Missing5 
TOTAL999100.0
12) Do you approve or disapprove of Bush's proposal to create a new federal agency called the Department of Homeland Security? INTERVIEWER NOTE: Get answer and then ask: Do you approve/disapprove STRONGLY or SOMEWHAT? (HOMELAND)
TOTAL%
1) Approve STRONGLY43944
2) Approve SOMEWHAT24824.8
3) Disapprove STRONGLY10310.3
4) Disapprove SOMEWHAT919.1
8) DK/No opinion11711.7
Missing6 
TOTAL998100.0
13) How much confidence do you have in the ability of the U.S. government to prevent further terrorist attacks against Americans in this country: a great deal, a good amount, only a fair amount or none at all? (PREVTERR)
TOTAL%
1) Great deal14014
2) Good amount30530.5
3) Fair amount43943.9
4) None at all11511.5
Missing5 
TOTAL999100.0
14) Do you think a new Department of Homeland Security would or would not improve the government's ability to prevent further terrorist attacks? IF WOULD IMPROVE: Do you think it would help a great deal, or somewhat? (HOMEPREV)
TOTAL%
1) Improve A GREAT DEAL28728.7
2) Improve SOMEWHAT45145.1
3) Would not improve21321.3
8) DK/No opinion484.8
Missing4 
TOTAL999100.0
15) How would you rate the job done by the FBI, CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies in analyzing and sharing information about possible terrorist attacks before last September 11? Would you say they did an excellent job, a good job, a not-so-good job, or a poor job analyzing and sharing intelligence information? (INFSH911)
TOTAL%
1) Excellent job222.2
2) Good job24624.6
3) Not-so-good job33633.6
4) Poor job37937.9
8) DK/No opinion181.8
Missing4 
TOTAL1001100.0
16) How about now? In analyzing and sharing information about possible future terrorist attacks, would you say the FBI, CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies are now doing an excellent job, a good job, a not-so-good job, or a poor job? (INFSHNOW)
TOTAL%
1) Excellent job11311.3
2) Good job56156.1
3) Not-so-good job20220.2
4) Poor job757.5
8) DK/No opinion494.9
Missing4 
TOTAL1000100.0
17) Given what you've heard about the information U.S. intelligence agencies had before the September 11th attacks, do you think U.S. intelligence agencies had enough information to prevent the attacks, if they'd been able to pull it together; or do you think the information was too vague and incomplete for the September 11th attacks to have been prevented? (PREVTXT)
TOTAL%
1) US intelligence agencies had enough information to prevent51751.5
2) The information was too vague and incomplete for the September 11th attacks to have been prevented48748.5
TOTAL1004100.0
18) Given what you've heard about the information U.S. intelligence agencies had before the September 11th attacks, do you think (U.S. intelligence agencies had enough information to prevent the attacks, if they'd been able to pull it together); or do you think (the information was too vague and incomplete for the September 11th attacks to have been prevented)? (PREV911)
TOTAL%
1) US had enough information to prevent attacks42041.9
2) Information was too vague and incomplete to prevent attacks53253
8) DK/No opinion515.1
Missing2 
TOTAL1003100.0
19) In the past, FBI agents have been allowed to monitor public places like libraries, places of worship and Internet chat rooms only as part of the investigation of a specific crime. Would you support or oppose giving FBI agents broader authority to monitor public places as part of a general investigation of terrorism, even if it's not related to a specific crime? (FBIPUBLC)
TOTAL%
1) Support64664.3
2) Oppose32332.2
8) DK/No opinion353.5
TOTAL1004100.0
20) Whether you support it or not, do you think this change in FBI policy intrudes on the privacy rights of individuals, or not? IF YES: Do you think this intrudes on privacy A GREAT DEAL or SOMEWHAT? (FBIPRIV)
TOTAL%
1) Intrudes A GREAT DEAL17617.6
2) Intrudes SOMEWHAT44144
3) Does not intrude35835.7
8) DK/No opinion272.7
Missing1 
TOTAL1002100.0
21) What do you think is more important right now - for the FBI to investigate possible terrorist threats, even if that intrudes on personal privacy; or for the FBI not to intrude on personal privacy, even if that limits its ability to investigate possible terrorist threats? (FBITXT)
TOTAL%
1) For the FBI to investigate possible terrorist threats, even if that intrudes on personal privacy51351.1
2) For the FBI not to intrude on personal privacy, even if that limits its ability to investigate possible terrorist threats49148.9
TOTAL1004100.0
22) What do you think is more important right now - (for the FBI to investigate possible terrorist threats, even if that intrudes on personal privacy); or (for the FBI not to intrude on personal privacy, even if that limits its ability to investigate possible terrorist threats)? (FBIINVST)
TOTAL%
1) Investigate threats regardless of privacy78678.8
2) Not intrude on privacy regardless of threats17717.8
8) DK/No opinion343.4
Missing6 
TOTAL997100.0
23) Overall, would you say you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the Catholic Church? (CATHOPIN)
TOTAL%
1) Favorable46247.4
2) Unfavorable44145.2
8) DK/No opinion727.4
Missing30 
TOTAL975100.0
24) Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Catholic Church is handling the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests? INTERVIEWER NOTE: Get answer and then ask: Do you approve/disapprove STRONGLY or SOMEWHAT? (HNDLSA)
TOTAL%
1) Approve STRONGLY747.5
2) Approve SOMEWHAT14414.6
3) Disapprove STRONGLY52753.5
4) Disapprove SOMEWHAT19519.8
8) DK/No opinion454.6
Missing18 
TOTAL985100.0
25) What do you think is mainly responsible for the way the Church has dealt with this issue in the past: decisions made by individual American bishops and cardinals, or policies set by Church officials at the Vatican in Rome? (RESPTXT)
TOTAL%
1) Decisions made by individual American bishops and cardinals49148.9
2) Policies set by Church officials at the Vatican in Rome51351.1
TOTAL1004100.0
26) What do you think is mainly responsible for the way the Church has dealt with this issue in the past: decisions made by individual American bishops and cardinals, or policies set by Church officials at the Vatican in Rome? (RESPPAST)
TOTAL%
1) Decisions made by American bishops or cardinals47247.9
2) Policies set by Church officials at Vatican35335.8
3) Other161.6
4) Both equally697
8) DK/No opinion767.7
Missing18 
TOTAL986100.0
27) American bishops will be meeting in the next week to set new policies on how the Church handles the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests. Do you think this meeting will or will not produce meaningful improvements in the way the Church handles the issue? (BISHMEET)
TOTAL%
1) Will produce improvements58558.9
2) Will NOT produce improvements36236.4
8) DK/No opinion474.7
Missing10 
TOTAL994100.0
28) What do you think should be done in the case of a priest who has sexually abused one adolescent child once in the past, with no further accusations? Should all such priests be automatically removed from the priesthood, or should some be allowed to remain as priests after receiving psychological treatment, review and monitoring? (ABUSEONE)
TOTAL%
1) Automatically removed from priesthood81582.4
2) Allowed to remain as priest after receiving treatment15515.7
8) DK/No opinion191.9
Missing15 
TOTAL989100.0
29) For each of the following items I mention, please tell me if you think it has or has not contributed to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests. The first is ... . [Note: Interviewers were asked to scramble these items. For this question each item was asked first.] (OR1PRNOM)
TOTAL%
1) The Church's policy of not allowing priests to marry23823.7
2) The practice of not calling the police when a priest has been accused of sexual abuse26025.9
3) The number of priests who are homosexuals23823.7
4) Inadequate screening and preparation of priest candidates in the seminaries26826.7
TOTAL1004100.0
30) For each of the following items I mention, please tell me if you think it has or has not contributed to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests. The second is ... . [Note: Interviewers were asked to scramble these items. For this question each item was asked second.] (OR2PRNOP)
TOTAL%
1) The Church's policy of not allowing priests to marry22322.2
2) The practice of not calling the police when a priest has been accused of sexual abuse24224.1
3) The number of priests who are homosexuals28328.2
4) Inadequate screening and preparation of priest candidates in the seminaries25625.5
TOTAL1004100.0
31) For each of the following items I mention, please tell me if you think it has or has not contributed to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests. The third is ... . [Note: Interviewers were asked to scramble these items. For this question each item was asked third.] (OR3PRPRH)
TOTAL%
1) The Church's policy of not allowing priests to marry27727.6
2) The practice of not calling the police when a priest has been accused of sexual abuse24023.9
3) The number of priests who are homosexuals24524.4
4) Inadequate screening and preparation of priest candidates in the seminaries24224.1
TOTAL1004100.0
32) For each of the following items I mention, please tell me if you think it has or has not contributed to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests. The fourth is ... . [Note: Interviewers were asked to scramble these items. For this question each item was asked fourth]. (OR4PRSCR)
TOTAL%
1) The Church's policy of not allowing priests to marry26626.5
2) The practice of not calling the police when a priest has been accused of sexual abuse26226.1
3) The number of priests who are homosexuals23823.7
4) Inadequate screening and preparation of priest candidates in the seminaries23823.7
TOTAL1004100.0
33) For each of the following items I mention, please tell me if you think it has or has not contributed to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests. - The Church's policy of not allowing priests to marry. Do you think it's been a major part of the problem, or a minor part? (PRNOMAR)
TOTAL%
1) MAJOR PART of the problem50650.8
2) MINOR PART of the problem24024.1
3) Not part of the problem22622.7
8) DK/No opinion252.5
Missing6 
TOTAL997100.0
34) For each of the following items I mention, please tell me if you think it has or has not contributed to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests. - The practice of not calling the police when a priest has been accused of sexual abuse. Do you think it's been a major part of the problem, or a minor part? (PRNOPOL)
TOTAL%
1) MAJOR PART of the problem87788.1
2) MINOR PART of the problem737.3
3) Not part of the problem272.7
8) DK/No opinion191.9
Missing8 
TOTAL996100.0
35) For each of the following items I mention, please tell me if you think it has or has not contributed to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests. - The number of priests who are homosexuals. Do you think it's been a major part of the problem, or a minor part? (PRPRHOMO)
TOTAL%
1) MAJOR PART of the problem46546.6
2) MINOR PART of the problem22422.5
3) Not part of the problem24925
8) DK/No opinion595.9
Missing6 
TOTAL997100.0
36) For each of the following items I mention, please tell me if you think it has or has not contributed to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests. - Inadequate screening and preparation of priest candidates in the seminaries. Do you think it's been a major part of the problem, or a minor part? (PRSCREEN)
TOTAL%
1) MAJOR PART of the problem52953.4
2) MINOR PART of the problem25525.7
3) Not part of the problem12812.9
8) DK/No opinion798
Missing14 
TOTAL991100.0
37) Overall, do you think the recent news coverage of this issue has been fair to the Church, or unfair? (NEWSFAIR)
TOTAL%
1) Fair76076.8
2) Unfair19219.4
8) DK/No opinion383.8
Missing14 
TOTAL990100.0
38) Are you aware of any instances in which a Catholic priest in your own community has been accused of sexually abusing children, or not? (PRSTCOMM)
TOTAL%
1) Yes13213.2
2) No86186.3
8) DK/No opinion5.5
Missing7 
TOTAL998100.0
39) [IF RELIGION=4], as far as you are aware, have any priests in your own parish been accused of sexually abusing children, or not? (PRSTPAR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes146.6
2) No19792.5
3) Don't go to church/Don't have parish1.5
8) DK/No opinion1.5
Missing790 
TOTAL213100.0
40) On one last subject, it's been 30 years since the Watergate break-in caused a political scandal in Washington. Do you feel you know enough about Watergate to tell the basic facts to someone else, or not? (WATRGATE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes34534.4
2) No65565.2
8) DK/No opinion4.4
TOTAL1004100.0
41) Do you think President Richard Nixon's actions regarding Watergate were, or were not, serious enough to warrant his resignation? (NIXON)
TOTAL%
1) Were serious enough62662.8
2) Were not serious enough23523.6
8) DK/No opinion13613.6
Missing6 
TOTAL997100.0
42) As you may know, President Gerald Ford granted Nixon a pardon from criminal charges arising out of Watergate. Do you think Ford did the right thing or wrong thing in granting Nixon a pardon? (FORDPARD)
TOTAL%
1) Right thing59059.1
2) Wrong thing32332.4
8) DK/No opinion858.5
Missing6 
TOTAL998100.0
43) Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a Democrat, a Republican, or an Independent? (PARTYID)
TOTAL%
1) A Democrat38138.8
2) A Republican28028.5
3) An Independent26527
4) Or what?444.5
8) DK/No opinion121.2
Missing22 
TOTAL982100.0
44) What was the last grade of school you completed? (EDUC)
TOTAL%
1) Eighth grade or less343.4
2) Some high school12712.7
3) Graduated high school or technical school32732.6
4) Some college24524.5
5) Graduated college18618.6
6) Postgraduate838.3
Missing3 
TOTAL1002100.0
45) What is your age? (AGE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL100444.4716.93
46) Are you of Hispanic origin or background? If "yes," are you white Hispanic or black Hispanic? If "no," are you white, black, or some other race? (RACE)
TOTAL%
1) White77878.5
2) Black10610.7
3) White Hispanic414.1
4) Black Hispanic4.4
5) Hispanic (no race given)161.6
6) Other race464.6
Missing12 
TOTAL991100.0
47) May a reporter from ABC NEWS or THE WASHINGTON POST call you to talk about some of the things we've been discussing? (Note: Asked of one out of every five respondents.) (CALLBACK)
TOTAL%
1) Yes12666.7
2) No6132.3
8) DK/No opinion21.1
Missing815 
TOTAL189100.0
48) Gender (SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male48147.9
2) Female52352.1
TOTAL1004100.0
49) Would you say your views on most political matters are liberal, moderate, or conservative? (IDEOLOGY)
TOTAL%
1) Liberal22022.1
2) Moderate40540.6
3) Conservative32132.2
4) Don't think in those terms272.7
8) DK/No opinion242.4
Missing7 
TOTAL997100.0
50) [If EDUC is 'Graduated College'], Was that a bachelor's degree, or what? (DEGREE)
TOTAL%
2) Bachelor's degree15081.1
3) Other3518.9
Missing819 
TOTAL185100.0
51) Net Religion (RELNET)
TOTAL%
1) Protestant45046.3
2) Catholic21522.1
3) Christian (non-Protestant)10911.2
4) Other non-Christian414.2
5) None15716.2
Missing33 
TOTAL972100.0
52) What, if anything, is your religion? (RELIGION)
TOTAL%
1) Agnostic151.5
2) Atheist9.9
3) Baptist14214.6
4) Catholic/Roman Catholic21522.1
6) Episcopalian111.1
7) Jewish171.8
8) Lutheran353.6
9) Methodist383.9
10) Pentecostal161.6
11) Presbyterian121.2
13) Southern Baptist5.5
14) None13313.7
15) Other (specify)1.1
22) Christian (non-Protestant)10911.2
23) Other non-Christian202.1
24) Islam/Muslim3.3
25) Protestant non-denominational19019.6
Missing33 
TOTAL971100.0
53) [If RELIGION is 'Christian'], Is that a Protestant denomination, or not? (PROTANT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes8248.5
2) No7946.7
8) DK/No opinion84.7
Missing836 
TOTAL169100.0
54) Aside from weddings and funerals, how often do you attend religious services - at least once a week, a few times a month, or less often than that? (ATTEND)
TOTAL%
1) At least once a week34734.8
2) A few times a month17417.4
3) Less often than that44644.7
4) Never313.1
Missing7 
TOTAL998100.0
55) Region (REGION)
TOTAL%
1) East19119
2) Midwest23623.5
3) South37337.1
4) West20520.4
TOTAL1005100.0
56) Agebreak (AGEBREAK)
TOTAL%
1) 18-30 years23824.2
2) 31-44 years28929.4
3) 45-60 years26026.4
4) 61+ years19619.9
Missing20 
TOTAL983100.0
57) Educbreak (EDUBREAK)
TOTAL%
1) Less than high school16016
2) Graduated high school32732.7
3) Some college+51451.3
Missing3 
TOTAL1001100.0
58) Weight (WGHT48)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10.764
59) Weight (WGHT32)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10041.110.46
60) Region (for use with online analysis) (I-REGION)
TOTAL%
1) East19119
2) Midwest23623.5
3) South37337.1
4) West20520.4
TOTAL1005100.0
61) Net Religion (for use with online analysis) (I-RELIGION)
TOTAL%
1) Protestant45046.3
2) Catholic21522.1
3) Christian (non-Protestant)10911.2
4) Other non-Christian414.2
5) None15716.2
Missing33 
TOTAL972100.0
62) Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a Democrat, a Republican, or an Independent? (for use with online analysis) (I-PARTYID)
TOTAL%
1) A Democrat38138.8
2) A Republican28028.5
3) An Independent26527
4) Or what?444.5
8) DK/No opinion121.2
Missing22 
TOTAL982100.0
63) What was the last grade of school you completed? (recoded for use with online analysis) (I-EDUC)
TOTAL%
0) Some HS16016
1) Grad HS32732.7
2) Some coll24524.5
3) Grad coll18618.6
4) Postgrad838.3
Missing3 
TOTAL1001100.0
64) Are you of Hispanic origin or background? If "yes," are you white Hispanic or black Hispanic? If "no," are you white, black, or some other race? (recoded for use with online analysis) (I-RACE)
TOTAL%
0) White77878.4
1) Black10610.7
2) Hispanic626.3
3) Other race464.6
Missing12 
TOTAL992100.0
65) Gender (for use with online analysis) (I-SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male48147.9
2) Female52352.1
TOTAL1004100.0
66) What is your age? (recoded for use with online analysis) (I-AGE)
TOTAL%
0) 18-3023824.2
1) 31-4530831.3
2) 46-6430030.5
3) 65+13814
Missing20 
TOTAL984100.0